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The best lip balms to have in your hospital bag

A good lip balm is an essential item to have in your hospital bag for when you are ready to give birth. Simple, fuss-free and easy, lip balms are a staple of any mum-to-be’s bag, and we have chosen the best lip balms to choose from for when you’re packing your hospital bag.

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, £2.18,

You can't go wrong with a traditional pot of Vaseline lip balm. They come in a variety of flavours, but we love this rosy one. Plus, the new design of the pots gets a thumbs-up from us!
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The Body Shop Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Raspberry, £2,

Every balm in this range delivers fantastic colour. With a moreish raspberry flavour and high-shine finish, this little hero does the work of lip glosses 10 times its price. We adore - a must-have for your hospital bag.
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Lavera Lip Balm, £3.95,

At less than £4 each you can pop one of those cutesy balms in every pocket of your hospital bag. It's got rich pomegranate oil to stop lips drying out, Brazil nut oil to add sheen and a yummy fruity fragrance.
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Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips, £11.50,

If you're suffering with really dry, cracked lips, this little tube of joy will be a favourite. It was originally developed for breastfeeding mums' nipples - and can be used on them too. A dual-purpose balm!
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Nature's Extracts Moisturising Lip Balm, £2.50,

Give the Food Hall a miss and head to the beauty department next time you're in M&S. These lightweight lip balms are enriched with real fruit extracts and are non-sticky, long-lasting and a fantastic price - perfect for your hospital bag!
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Nivea Sun Protect SPF30 lip balm, £3.29,

A perennial fave, this old-school lip balm will never let you down. Few lip treatments have an SPF this high and it's non-sticky and waterproof too.
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Hurraw! Lip Balms, £3.99,

It's the unusual flavours that make this all-natural lip balm a fresh option: choose from Lemon, Mint, Green Tea, Black Cherry, Lime, Cinnamon and Grapefruit. The only problem is you may lick it all off in five minutes flat…
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Boots essential lip balm, £1,

If you're desperately in need of lip balm - perhaps if you've had to send the other half out to buy some - you can't go wrong with Boots Essential - and at just £1, it's a steal. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
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Mary Kay at Play Triple Tinted Lip Balm, £6,

This balm leaves a sheer wash of pretty colour and a yummy berry flavour too. Choose from four fun shades: Atomic Red, In The Plum, Orange You Lovely and Pink Again. Adds a touch of glamour as well as practicality to your hospital bag!
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#LipGlam, £9.99,

Made with medical-grade pure natural lanolin, in tests this balm reduced lip roughness by 40 percent in one hour. And – bonus! – you can use it on dry hands and cuticles, or for taming eyebrow and split ends too.
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LipJao Balm, £9,

A cult hit from the USA, LipJao has no cheap waxes and lurid colours - this lip balm is luxe, courtesy of high levels of shea butter and Meadowfoam Seed oil.
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Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment, £24,

This is definitely an indulgence buy, but if you suffer from chapped lips – or are starting to see those telltale feathery lines around your lipline – this comforting, smoothing treatment balm is the answer.
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Mavala Lip Balm SPF10, £2.99, for stockists visit

Unlike skin, lips have no sebaceous glands so can't protect themselves against weather and dehydration. This creamy lip balm acts like a shield and glides on like velvet, with a delicious vanilla flavour.

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